Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing
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The BELOVED STAR OF FRIENDS takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this “CANDID, DARKLY FUNNY...POIGNANT” memoir (The New York Times)
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“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”
So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.
In an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it—Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the book fans have been waiting for.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this heartfelt, touching memoir, actor Matthew Perry recounts his life’s most defining moments with total candor. After his parents separated when he was young, Perry found solace in making people laugh and always seeking entertainment—which often came with the occasional drink (or six). From flying solo at the age of 5 to getting in a fistfight with Justin Trudeau (yes, the future Canadian prime minister) at age 10, Perry’s turbulent childhood left him feeling like an “unaccompanied minor” well into his adulthood. We were touched as the beloved Friends actor opens up about the addiction that ravaged him at the height of his career. Perry’s knack for self-deprecating humor made us laugh even when he opens up about his darkest moments and the seemingly endless struggle he faced in and out of recovery. Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing is an inspiring story about the power of perseverance and taking sobriety one day at a time.
Worth Reading But Somewhat Cringeworthy
While this book does a good job conveying the deep suffering and confusion in addiction, Mr. Perry projects almost no sense of humility and acknowledgement of the degree to which his many chances in life have been due to simple privilege.
What a disappointment. I wish I hadn’t read this book as it definitely opened the curtains on who MP is. Shallow and so arrogant. Friends is my favorite of all time sitcom and I’m sad that Matthew Perry showed us who he truly is.
Not worth it
It’s honestly just way wallowy, full of self pitty with no resolve. You want to know about friends but you won’t get nearly as much as you think.